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Road to Tara: The Life of Margaret Mitchell

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Margaret Mitchell was as complex and compelling as her legendary heroine, Scarlett O’Hara, and her story is as dramatic as anything out of her own imagination—indeed, it is the basis for the legend she created. Gone With the Wind took the American reading public by storm and went on to become the most popular motion picture of all time. It was a phenomenon whose success ha ...more
Hardcover, 369 pages
Published April 1st 1983 by Ticknor & Fields
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I enjoyed this biography of Margaret Mitchell, the author of Gone With the Wind. It was a brisk, easy read. However, I was disappointed in I didn't find what I was looking for. I was hoping I would find more details on what readings/education Margaret Mitchell had that framed her mindset when writing her famous novel. It didn't go into that kind of "getting into her head" which I was hoping to find. That being said, perhaps I was looking for something that wasn't there. If that's the case, Marga ...more
Jun 22, 2010 Lara rated it 2 of 5 stars
Recommended to Lara by: my over-abused, curious wonderment
Shelves: biography, gwtw
Although an entertaining read, Road to Tara: The Life of Margaret Mitchell reads more like a novel than history, which does have some not so great consequences. Edwards does shed some much-needed light on the personality of Margaret Mitchell and documents the creation of the novel, but she lacks any factual support. I learned, in fact, from reading Southern Daughter: The Life of Margaret Mitchell and the Making of Gone With the Wind that there are many historical inaccuracies here. Some of the g ...more
Margaret Mitchell, almost by accident and, it would appear, with a great deal of angst, wrote the best-selling book of all time (other than the Bible) - I should now say one of the best-selling books, though it's still quite high on the list. It's a simple-sounding yarn, girl wants boy she can't have and is loved by someone she doesn't appreciate. Throw in a little 'ole Civil War and fiddle-dee-dee, you've got yourself a novel.

What's fascinating about Margaret Mitchell is the bundle of contradi
Lisa James
This bio tells Peggy Mitchell's life from childhood to her untimely death. Her insecurities, her somewhat social awkwardness, her love of city & state, her secrets, & her strange obsession with not having anything to track her are all chronicled here. There are rare photos included, & it's a fascinating look at her & the background behind one of the most beloved books/films of all time.
It has been over 75 years since the movie, “Gone With the Wind” premiered in Atlanta, Georgia on December 15, 1939. The movie was originally a novel written by a reluctant author, Margaret Mitchell, who was born on November 8, 1900 in Atlanta to an Irish-Catholic family. Since she was a child, Margaret became fascinated by the Civil War, as she would listen to the tales expressed by her parents’ families and friends who had experienced it. Margaret’s father was an attorney and her mother was ver ...more
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Interesting! By reading the bio., we got more understanding of the
author and the making of the book. "Gone with the wind" is an American
classic, the Hollywood movie sure added the popularity and favoritism
among the readers.
This biography is a must read for anyone who loved GWTW as it so clearly shows the real life experiences of Mitchell and how they became the genesis upon which her classic tale was based. I had originally read a library copy of this in the mid-80s while living in Texas. I looked for my own copy of this for years (literally) and happened upon it within months of moving to Fayetteville, Ga. which is only miles from Jonesboro, Ga., the location of the fictional "Tara"; it now resides in my home lib ...more
Very well written and extremely interesting. I had no idea Margaret Mitchell was at such odds with her fame and her talent. I feel sorry for the poor lady and I wonder what other wonderful books she could have written if she didn't react to things so negatively.
Amy Wolf
A great bio of the woman who wrote Gone With the Wind. The fascinating part is that she was a newspaper writer who broke her ankle and decided to while away her time -- writing a novel. Some great reveals about the origins of Scarlett & Rhett.
After I read Gone with the Wind, I read this and it added a great perspective to the whole book. I liking knowing about authors.
Margaret Mitchell was a very strange lady. I'm always interested in reading the behind the scenes story. A very long book and hard to get thru at times.
I really enjoyed this book. Margaret Mitchell had an interesting life in a fascinating time.
Julie Failla Earhart
everything you;ve ever wanted to know about the woman who created scarlett and rhett
Very slanted image of MM.
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